Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

Why do we say “achoo” when we sneeze?

I never thought about this until I moved to my current city, where sneezing is a way of life. Before living here, I only sneezed when I was coming down with a cold. It was a great indicator for me, because I knew for a fact that if I sneezed, I’d have a sore throat within a few hours. Of course, I grew to hate sneezing because I hate being sick, but that’s to be expected.

Now, sneezing just means I’m awake. I’ll never forget when I first started working in an office here. Everybody sneezed several times each day. “Great,” I thought at first, “that person is sick!” Nope, that person is just awake and living here.

But back to my original question—why do we say “achoo” when we sneeze? Have you ever wondered? If you have, then you’ve probably googled it and learned that it has to do with the movements our muscles are making, as well as our culture and what we’ve grown accustomed to. Interestingly, deaf people sneeze silently, and the sound of a sneeze varies with language. So now you know.

Okay, go take an allergy pill then come back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Thoughts on that letter to the church at Ephesus in Revelation.
  • Our love will never be enough. That’s why we need to look to Christ, not ourselves.
  • I think Christians are the guiltiest of all when it comes to making too much of certain men.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Discernment is important, but it must be done biblically to be done well.
  • I fully support this. I think the facial hair trend is disgusting and am ready for it to be over.
  • This article is five years old, but who doesn’t love reminiscing about The Sound of Music?
  • Do you know Betsey Stockton?

God’s blessings are given not because we deserve them but because we need them.

Raymond Brown
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